BOSTON – One at a time, the prison inmates sat down at a wooden table, linked by videoconference to a Boston courtroom, where their attorneys and prosecutors explained the role a disgraced chemist played in their criminal cases.
One by one, the judge agreed to let them go free while their legal challenges make their way through the courts, placing their sentences on hold and setting bail.
The fallout from a scandal at a state drug lab played out in court Monday, as Judge Christine McEvoy began hearing what is expected to be nearly 200 legal challenges in Suffolk Superior Court drug cases.
The chemist, Annie Dookhan, 34, of Franklin, has been charged with obstruction of justice and accused of skirting protocols and faking tests results at a former Department of Public Health lab.
Drug lord’s daughter arrested at border
The daughter of one of the world’s most sought-after drug lords has been charged with trying to enter the United States on someone else’s passport, U.S. officials said.
Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar, 31, was arrested Friday at San Diego’s San Ysidro port of entry and charged with fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other documents.
Two U.S. officials said Monday that she told authorities her father was Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel.
Missing hikers found alive by searchers
Two Virginia veterinarians reported missing while hiking in Glacier National Park were found alive Monday, elated family members and park officials said.
Jason Hiser of Richmond, Va., and Neal Peckens of Herndon, Va. were found by searchers about 3:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, park officials said, noting the men had no injuries and were reunited with waiting relatives.
The two had been reported missing by their families Friday after failing to catch a flight home. Rescue teams located the men after as many as 50 people laboring in wintry conditions scoured back country near Two Medicine, Mont., for days by air, on foot and on horseback, aided by a dog team.
Liaison office won’t open in Myanmar
Myanmar’s government says it won’t allow the Organization of the Islamic Conference to open a liaison office after thousands of Buddhist monks and laymen marched to protest the plan.
Sectarian tensions have been running high in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state after clashes broke out in June between the Buddhist Rakhine community and Bengali Rohingya Muslims, leaving nearly 90 people dead and displacing tens of thousands.
Myanmar and the OIC agreed last month to open an office to provide aid for Muslims displaced by the fighting.
Hurricane Paul now Category 3 storm
Hurricane Paul rapidly strengthened into a major Category 3 storm in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico on Monday, prompting a hurricane warning for a swath of Baja California’s western coast.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Paul’s maximum sustained winds had ratcheted up to 120 mph as of 5 p.m. EDT Monday.
In the Atlantic, meanwhile, Rafael reached hurricane strength late Monday in the Atlantic Ocean south of Bermuda. Rafael’s top sustained winds had risen to near 75 mph, making it the ninth hurricane of the Atlantic season.
High court to hear Arizona law appeal
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up an appeal from Arizona over its requirement that people prove they are American citizens before registering to vote.
The justices will review a federal appeals court ruling that blocked the law in some instances.
Arguments will not take place until February, with a decision likely by late June.